Newcastle Player Still Confident He Made The Right Choice


Matt Ritchie showed some guts when he decided to leave Premier League club Bournemouth and join Newcastle in the summer after he had talked to manager Rafa Benitez about what he wanted to do with Newcastle after Rafa had agreed to stay on at Newcastle, even though we are in the second division.

It’s always good to have players who want to come to the club and Dwight Gayle was another player who dropped down a division from Crystal Palace to join Rafa’s revolution.

Matt Ritchie in action for Newcastle

Both players were betting that Newcastle would come straight back up and while we are still very well positioned in the Championship in an automatic promotion spot, we have had a few hiccups over the last eight games.

Four to be exact since we have amazingly lost four of those games and that’s the total number of defeats we had in the season of 46 games seven years ago when we won the Championship and came straight back up.

Matt Ritchie has been interviewed in the  EFL Podcast this week and he’s still confident about where Newcastle are going:

“It’s not all doom and gloom, we have lost a couple of games but it would be an unusual season if you went through it unbeaten.”

“We need to bounce back and get back on the kind of run we have been on.”

“The form we were in we would have liked to have picked up more points over the Christmas period but it’s a tough league and we know every game is a difficult test.”

“It’s a bit of a stumble but hopefully we can continue the good form from the first half of the season into the second half.”

“The results are not completely down to Jonjo Shelvey being missing because we have lost games with him in the team.”

“Everyone knows the quality he brings to the team. His attributes are fantastic and any team would miss him.”

“He’s a big player for us but we have a good squad with very good players in that position and collectively we need to improve on the last couple of results.”

“I have come to a club in the Championship but with the squad and manager we have, there is a great opportunity to get back into the Premier League.”

“Then I’m at a fantastic club that is geared up for the Premier League with a huge fanbase so it’s a risk I was willing to take.”

“We want to get promoted but we want to win the league – I have won it before and it’s fantastic.” “Hopefully we can do it this season.”

Here’s where we stand at the moment, which is not too bad as long as we can get back to our winning ways shortly.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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6 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Think we all need to ignore the over rated frenchman as he’s a very obvious troll and hardly a very original one at that.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    See Bojan is looking for first team football? Come on Rafa get him on loan!!

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  • martoon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa bingo is going to be extra tricky this week. As I said earlier in the week I would expect Mitro to get a game – if he doesn’t then surely he is toast?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris Hughton manager of month for December. Does that mean Brighton are due a bad spell now

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  • hibbit

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    martoon
    its going to be harder than you think with no jail !!!!!
    did the bus leave him in blackburn ???

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Shirebrook
    It means our away fixture to Brighton on the last Saturday of this month is a true 6 pointer !!!!

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